July 4th has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that a late-summer vacation is out of the question in Minnesota! Here are some of the best getaways for a relaxing last-minute vacation.
Wilderness Inquiry is offering overnight family camping on Picnic Island at Minnesota’s most-visited state park, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers in the Twin Cities.
In 2017, the trips are June 24-25, Aug. 5-6 and 26-27 and Sept. 9-10. Cost is $60, $30 for youths 17 and under. Like all Wilderness Inquiry trips, they’re open to people with disabilities.
Every year, members of the non-profit Midwest River Expeditions, based in Dubuque, Iowa, choose a different river for their Great River Rumble.
In 2017, it’s on the Root River from Rushford to the Mississippi, with take-out in Prairie du Chien, Wis., July 29-Aug. 5.
Cost of $150 includes camping with showers, baggage shuttle, power-boat escort, entertainment and farewell party. Shuttle from the end point to starting point is $25 apiece for people and boats.
One club known for its penny-pinching ways is the Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club, based in the Twin Cities. It offers camping trips to Minnesota’s North Shore for as little as $15; you bring your own food, but you can borrow gear from the club if you’re a member.
Membership is $25, $10 for those who live outside the Twin Cities metro area.
It also offers beginner’s trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for $85-$100. A few spots on trips often are saved for new members, but watch the trip list and sign up ASAP.
For more about traveling with outdoors clubs, see Join the club.
Six state parks — Whitewater near Rochester, Sibley near New London, Lake Carlos near Alexandria, St. Croix near Hinckley, Flandrau near New Ulm and Lake Shetek near Walnut Grove — rent large group centers where indoor lodgings can cost as little as $5 per person per night.
They’re very popular for summer weekends, so be ready when reservations open.
Many environmental centers also rent to groups. For more, see Cabins for a crowd.
Many other state parks rent lodgings for smaller groups. For more, see Lodgings in Minnesota state parks.
It’s that time of year again! The temps are starting to soar in Minnesota, and we can’t wait to get into the water to cool off. And when it comes to water, the best way to enjoy it, aside from our thousands of lakes, is obviously at our waterparks! From slides to wave pools, these 7 always make a splash.
Minnesota’s largest outdoor waterpark is built for fun with 6 amazing waterslides, a lazy river, wave pool, and plenty of play areas for the little ones. It’s super affordable and you’ll never be bored!
This Eagan Waterpark has slides, a lazy river, a beach, and even mini golf to keep you entertained. Get ready for a wild time!
This waterpark features 4 epic slides, a lazy river, and a kiddie park for plenty of fun. You can also try the alpine slides and go-karts in the summer.
Valleyfair’s waterpark is full of awesome rides and a massive wave pool. Combine that with all their epic coasters and summer just got way better!
Slides, geysers, pools and more await you at this community waterpark in Waseca. It’s only $5 to get in, and there is plenty of room for the kids to play and the adults to lounge from 12-7pm all summer long.
With 2 pools and this awesome play area, this campground is clearly the best in the state. You can also stay in their cabins if you want to enjoy the waterpark, without the camping!
This state of the art waterpark features a lazy river, diving areas, climbing walls, and even room for the adults to swim laps!